Word Processors: 7 For The 8-Bit. I used an Atari 800 XL computer, with a TV and dot matrix printer attached to do rudimentary word processing in the Eighties. It was marvelous at the time, and my word processor of choice, PaperClip, was amazing software. I could type letters and pleadings at my desk, print them out, and mail or file them. Compared to the days of the typewriter, I was in document heaven. Part of the fun was figuring out what the 40 column computer screen would look like when printed in 80 columns on paper. Ouch. These machines look like antique torture devices today; but, all computer innovation must be viewed through the eyes of the contemporaries who used them. Be thankful you get to use your current machines. You will probably be writing a similar blog post in 2040.